Time is a limited resource that many people pray to have more. However, people will not get more time unless they steal it. This article offers 12 time management tips to do so. Get extra time, plan well and achieve more and for your best.
Have you ever prayed to God, asking for 48 hours per day? No matter how many times you pray, how sincere you are, the amount of time that has given is still 24 hours per day. There is so little time and yet some many things waiting to be done, what can we do? In this circumstance, it is important for people to learn how to steal time to achieve the most and the best to one’s self.
1. Figure out how much time a person can use
Though people have 24 hours a day, it does not mean that you can use all 24 hours actively. Everyone is subjected to a passive use that is sleep. Many people go to work and for weekdays, say nine to six, nine hours you have to use positively at work. There are the three meals, morning wash, bathing, travelling time, all these are compulsory uses. If a person has his own family, wife and children, he needs time to communicate with them. There is not much time left for other uses.
It is easier to plan what to do, evaluate each activity and have appropriate re-allocation by figuring out how much time can be used. For example, if you take an hour to bath, trim to 15 minutes. If you take three hours for one way travel to work, shift to a faster transport means or move nearer to the office. Steal time for other uses.
2. Categorize the list
List all the things you need to do and categorize them into two domains: Must do and Want to do. Must do list includes the compulsory activities such as sleep, meals and go to work. It also includes activities that are specific (your own wedding ceremony), one-time only (a relative’s funeral), with high restrictions (catch up with a flight). Give these activities the top priority.
Want to do List includes activities that can be delayed, such as watch a movie, shopping. Sometimes the delay is a few hours, a couple of days or even several months. If people miss a movie at cinema, they will buy or rent DVD to enjoy it later. With both lists precisely at hand, a person will know how much flexibility he can enjoy. He can group activities better to save time. For example, instead of going out simply for a book, he can buy it in the airport bookshop before he boarded the plane.